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No matter what happens tonight between visiting McHi and the Sharyland Rattlers, a District 30-5A regular season championship has already been attained for the Rattlers. However, with bi-district looming, the need to continue playing well is still warranted.

In truth, “playing well” may be an understatement for a team that has won twelve straight games since losing their district opener to Nikki Rowe back in late December. During that impressive win streak David Keith’s team has beaten its opponents by an average of 21 points per game, including a 91-21 shellacking of Donna following the first matchup with Rowe.

Perhaps most impressively, is Sharyland’s ability to win the close ones. Much of the team’s problem from a year ago was its inability to close out games, losing close ones to Memorial and their bi-district opponent Laredo United. On the contrary, this year has been impressively the opposite. Despite their three-point road loss to begin district play, Sharyland was able to garner nail-biting wins over Memorial—twice—and then in a classic rematch, the Warriors.

The win over Nikki Rowe could be the highlight of the year for all games played in the Rio Grande Valley. In a seesaw game, the two teams battled back and forth with Rowe overcoming a ten-point deficit to tie the game on the final play of regulation. With star point guard Jesse Pistokache fouled out, it appeared Shary’s chances were dim. However, led by Quino Pistokache, John Hoerner and Eduardo Garcia, the Rattlers battled triumphantly in a 74-73 double overtime victory.

Tonight, however, could be a trap game for a team already planning on cutting down the nets, win or lose. The last time these two teams met, Shary came away with a 68-44 road win behind the play of the Pistokache boys who scored 18 points each.

For McHi, who is not bound for the postseason, it will be interesting to see how they respond to tonight’s game, whether they view it as an opportunity for an upset or whether they are ready for their season to be done.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Other Games-Boys

Memorial at Palmview: A huge game for the two playoff-bound teams as the winner will garner the third seed. The Lobos took down the Mustangs in their previous meeting.

Juarez-Lincoln at Rio Grande City: Unfortunately, the Huskies’ chances at the postseason are done. However, the team can still play for pride.

Edcouch-Elsa at Veterans Memorial: Like the Huskies, the Patriots postseason is nonexistent. Tonight is a great chance to send the seniors out with a home win.

La Joya at Nikki Rowe: Last Friday the Coyotes played the Rattlers surprisingly well. The Warriors may be in for a surprise tonight.

Donna at Mission: The Eagles haven’t won a game since Jan. 20 when they took down none other than the Donna Redskins. Tonight’s game is a great opportunity to end the season with victory.

Other Games-Girls

Veterans Memorial vs. Corpus Christy Moody: The Lady Patriots have a great opportunity to win bi-district although it won’t be easy.

Mission vs. Laredo Alexander: The Lady Eagles just squeezed into the postseason after last Friday’s play-in victory over La Joya. Playing the top team from District 29-5A will be an even tougher test.

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